Sazerac – New Orleans’ Official Cocktail

by Isabelle Escande
New Orleans Jazz Band

Did you know that April 30th is International Jazz Day? Let’s celebrate by taking some inspiration from New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, and make the city’s official cocktail – The Sazerac. Never heard of it? Then let’s find out more in this quick guide.

A bit of history

Invented in the 19th century, the Sazerac is perhaps the oldest cocktail still popular in the United States, particularly in New Orleans, the city of jazz, where it was declared its official drink in 2008. It’s said that 40,000 sazeracs are still served there every year!

There are different versions of the original recipe (some believe that cognac was the main ingredient in its origins), but it seems that it was invented by a certain Billy Wilkinson of the Old Absinthe House and Vincent Miret, a man from Barcelona who was considered the best whisky cocktail maker at the time in New Orleans.

Today, this cocktail is normally made with rye whisky, Peychaud’s Bitters and a little absinthe. Let yourself be tempted by this cocktail with its woody structure, completed by aromatic herbaceous notes from the absinthe!

How to make an authentic Sazerac


Sazerac cocktail


  1. Chill an old-fashioned glass with the ice cubes. (Discard the ice cubes before filling with the other ingredients.)
  2. Stir the syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters and whisky in a mixing glass.
  3. Pour the mixture into an old fashioned glass rinsed with absinthe.
  4. Add the orange twist for decoration.

Now put on your favourite jazz and enjoy!

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Bulleit Rye

If you love rye, this is the drink you’ve been waiting for.

Translated by Chelsea Cummings from Isabelle Escande’s original French article.

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